The Akron Marathon was run thousands of miles away from the Rubber City.
The “Akron Marathon Camp Arifjan Kuwait Shadow” marathon was run by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 371st Sustainment Brigade.
They ran their own race near the banks of the Persian Gulf. They were to be joined by military contractors and some U.S. Navy logistics sailors stationed at the camp.
The men’s marathon winner was Michael Lackey, who clocked in at 3 hours, 33 minutes and 2 seconds. He was followed by Jonathan Kelley [4:10:25] and Michael Adkins [4:11:34].
The women’s winner was Diana Martinez [4:59:58]. Second place went to Jennifer Stevenson [6:40:34].
A half marathon was won by Kenneth Foster [1:14:08]. He was followed by Shane Vetter [1:27:05] and Danny Jaramillo [1:33:47].
The women’s half-marathon winners were Melissa Huval [1:53:49], Rochelle Olvera [1:57:55] and Kim Cooper [2:01].
The marathon relay team winners were the “Bros and Broettes” consisting of Justin Rose, Brendan Thomason, Brooke Muhich, Nicole Gray and Ben Huebschman.
To avoid the Kuwait heat, the race at Camp Arifjan started in the late afternoon, when it’s 10:30 a.m. in Akron.
The Kuwaiti race director is 1st Lt. Kevin McGee, who lives in West Akron and has run in or volunteered for the Akron Marathon almost every year.